Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Al Jazeera Interview with 'Colonel Karuna'

Muralitharan defected from the LTTE in 2004 and is now minister for integration

During his time as a Tamil Tiger commander he was accused of organising massacres, conscripting child soldiers and executing local journalists.

But Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, now Sri Lanka's national integration minister, renounced violence in 2004 and defected to the government, along with several hundred fighters.

He now heads a Tamil political party, with wide support among the Tamil population of Sri Lanka's northeast.

Once known as Colonel Karuna, for years Muralitharan was the right-hand man of V Prabhakaran, the leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

In an interview with Al Jazeera's David Chater, he criticised Prabhakaran, whose fighters continue to hold out against a government offensive, accusing him of betraying the Tamil cause.

>> Full Interview: Al Jazeera

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